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rowdy

[rou-dee] /ˈraʊ di/
noun, plural rowdies.
1.
a rough, disorderly person.
adjective, rowdier, rowdiest.
2.
rough and disorderly:
rowdy behavior at school.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; perhaps irregular from row3
Related forms
rowdily, adverb
rowdiness, noun
unrowdy, adjective
Synonyms
2. boisterous, unruly, obstreperous.
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British Dictionary definitions for rowdy's

rowdy

/ˈraʊdɪ/
adjective -dier, -diest
1.
tending to create noisy disturbances; rough, loud, or disorderly: a rowdy gang of football supporters
noun (pl) -dies
2.
a person who behaves in a rough disorderly fashion
Derived Forms
rowdily, adverb
rowdiness, noun
Word Origin
C19: originally US slang, perhaps related to row³
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Word Origin and History for rowdy's

rowdy

n.

"a rough, quarrelsome person," 1808, American English, originally "lawless backwoodsman," probably from row (n.2). The adjective is first recorded 1819. Related: Rowdily; rowdiness.

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